It would have been hard to predict that tours of a landfill would be a highly popular event, but apparently those tours are all the rage because the City of Greensboro has added additional dates for the tours and is inviting more city residents to visit the White Street Landfill.

The new tours will be wedged around the July 4th holiday: They’ll be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on July 2, 3, 5, and 8.

As with the first round of tours offered in May, these are being held since city officials are exploring the option of using the landfill to dispose of contaminated soil that will be dug up from Bingham Park – and a lot of people who live near the landfill are concerned about that proposal. The tours are meant to help residents better understand the landfill’s history, operations, safety measures, and the various ways in which it manages waste disposal.

Space for the tours is limited and reservations are required. You can register at

The tour is only for adults 18 years old and older.

Participants need to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled tour departure time at the Greensboro Sportsplex, which is located at 2400 Sixteenth St. in Greensboro. A shuttle will take guests to the landfill.

Last month, Richard Lovett, the environmental compliance and support manager with the City of Greensboro Office of Sustainability and Resilience, said the tours can provide valuable information for those who take part.

“The tours will show where the waste material could be properly disposed if White Street is the selected disposal option,” Lovett said.

Problems at Bingham Park have been a tough issue for city leaders this year. That park is now closed since it’s the site of “a pre-regulatory unlined landfill and household waste incinerator.”

Greensboro is currently working with state environmental experts to determine the best way to clean up the park – which will involve removing the topsoil that contains heavy metals and other contaminants.

According to a May press release from the City of Greensboro, “The City has researched area landfills and identified three that could be used to dispose of the soil. The utilization of White Street Landfill would allow for the quickest cleanup. Its use also reduces the cost of the cleanup by approximately $10 million, bringing the project closer to fruition given available funds. Using this landfill would also shorten the useful life of the facility, which is consistent with the City’s intent to permanently close the landfill.”